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Friday, August 21, 2009

My Parents are in Sweden

My folks arrived from California last Thursday and it has been a great visit. We are especially grateful since two years ago my mom's life hung in the balance and one year ago we were told that the cancer was terminal and there was nothing more that could be done. In the meantime, she went into remission and here my folks are in Sweden once again. It's so nice to have them here. They've been here often and so the sight seeing agenda is low. Mostly they like to hang out in our nice house, play with our crazy dog, and enjoy time with us. They have had a rough summer with their house flooding and the normal heat of Palm Springs. (45 degrees Celsius, 110 Fahrenheit). So for them, the cool days of the waning Swedish summer are a welcome respite. Their house is coming along and should be close to being finished by the time they return home on August 31.
While they are here we enjoy making good meals, playing cards (cribbage is our main game), and going fishing. The weather has been pretty good but we're definitely into a season change now with autumn really breathing down our necks. Still, today was our first attempt at fishing and my father kept us from getting blanked! It was beautiful when we started but by early afternoon we were racing to beat the rain and man did it get cold in a hurry!
Their visit with us this time is a great reminder of how precious our time with family is. My mom is doing remarkably well and it's just fun having them here while we do life. It's good for them as well and I am thankful for the ways in which they are able to relax and enjoy life while here with us.